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(Updated   October 30  2014)
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 963 million
Mobiles  936 million 
Landlines: 27 million 
Total no. of PCs: 100 million 
Internet users:  220 million  including  mobile Internet 115 million
Broadband:  80  million (wired: 15 million;   wireless : 65  million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)

- NEW! More than half of e-tail customers do IT from mobile phones
- Sluggish Indian printer -copier business in Q 1 2014: IDC numbers
- Indian usage of video on mobile... Vuclip study
- Akamai data on Internet speeds in India and Asia
- India Internet numbers for 2014 from IAMAI

- IAMAI study on Mobile Internet in India
- Gartner study on 3-D printer market

- Worldwide  mobile usage: Ericsson study

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India, China, rescue Asian PC business from doldrums: IDC
Buying phones online may not be cheaper than store prices: 91Mobile study
IT's official: HTML5 is the way to the future of Open Web
Google's India-born Sundar Pichai is now Big Boss of products & innovation
IT's official: HTML5 is the way to the future of Open Web
IT's official: HTML5 is the way to the future of Open Web
New Nokia entry feature phone is as good as it gets -- at Rs 1649
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IT's official: HTML5 is the way to the future of Open Web
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Aspire E 15 ( E5-511): Laptop mey abhi life hai!
IT happened in India
  IT's official: HTML5 is the way to the future of Open Web
India will leapfrog to HTML5, say experts --San Jose ( California, US) and Bangalore, October 30 2014: The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)   has published a Recommendation of HTML5, the fifth major revision of the format used to build Web pages and applications, and the cornerstone of the Open Web Platform. ....
Buying phones online may not be cheaper than store prices: 91Mobile study
Bangalore, October 29 2014: Contrary to the popular notion that online prices for smartphones are lower than offline stores, the truth is that physical stores match or sometimes even offer better pricing, finds online mobile research and comparison portal 91mobiles. ....
New Nokia entry feature phone is as good as it gets -- at Rs 1649
October 28 2014: Microsoft  has  launched the cheapest Nokia feature phone in India: the  Rs 1649  Nokia 130, comes with a  built-in video player, music player with up to 46 hours continuous playback on a single charge. ...
Google's India-born Sundar Pichai is now Big Boss of products & innovation
October 27 2014: The independent tech news, reviews and analysis site, Re/Code  broke the news last week of an internal memo at Google  which effectively made India-born Sundar Pichai, the Big Boss of all Google products & innovation -- research, search, maps, Google+, commerce and ad products and infrastructure in addition to his current responsibilities Android, Chrome and Google Apps. ...
India is global 'leader' -- in Internet attacks: Symantec study
Bangalore, October 26, 2014: India tops the global top 50 ranking of countries that have witnessed the highest volume of ‘originating DDoS* traffic’, with 26 percent of all DDoS traffic originating from this  country, followed by the USA with 17 percent. ...

Education and e-learning
Digital Literacy Mission centre comes to a Pune slum
New Delhi,  October  30  2014:  The first  National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) Centre in Pune  has come up in the Annabhau Sathe Samaj Mandir in the Yamuna Nagar slum community, located in Viman Nagar (near the airport). ....
An app that distills the Wisdom of India -- through proverbs
Bangalore, October 23 2014: Nicely timed for the  Diwali festival,  comes a mobile app that presents a glimpse into the timeless wisdom of ageless India – through 1,000-plus  proverbs and quotations, translated into English from 24 Indian languages. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Kerala's Abad hotel group's WiFi goes from fee to free
Kochi, October 26 2014: Kudos to the Abad group of hotels in Kerala which has recently  introduced free WiFi in all its properties! The group runs a chain of 12 resorts and hotels in Kerala . Seven hotels are located in Cochin (Ernakulam) including one at Cochin International Airport and the resorts are located at Munnar, Kumarakom, Thekkady, Marari Beach and Kovalam. ....
US hotel fined for blocking guest's WiFi hotspot: a cautionary tale for Indian hospitality players
IndiaTechOnline Special By AnandParthasarathy October 26 2014: A hotel in the US, has been fined $ 600,000 ( Rs 3.6 crores)  for disabling "WiFi networks established by consumers in the conference facilities" of the property.  The fine was ordered by   the Federal Communications Commission (  the telecom regulatory body of the US government)  in an order issued earlier this month after a guest  at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville, Tennessee complained that the hotel ""jamming mobile hotspots so you can’t use them in the convention space. ....

UST's mobile telemedicine application harnesses Blackberry service
New Delhi, September  30, 2014: IT services  company, UST Global,  has  joined  Blackberry India and  Dr. Pavan Kumar, Head of Dept. of Cardiovascular Surgery and Telemedicine centre, Nanavati Super Specialty to develop an advanced Telemedicine application. ....
An activity tracker that eggs you on, to excel!
Bangalore, September 27 2014: From Bangalore-based 2mpower Health Management Services, comes yet another wrist band activity tracker -- the  GetActive tapp.  It syncs via Bluetooth with a mobile phone and displays  the steps you have taken on the device itself. ....

Product Pulse
Aspire E 15 ( E5-511): Laptop mey abhi life hai!
 Tablets, phablets and smartphones are great -- but no patch on the laptop for portable work-n-play. October 27 2014: Sometimes  products just don't  live up to their  hype:  As phones became smarter and tablets morphed into  phablets, their makers  started writing obituaries for that original platform of portable computing, the laptop PC ( and its younger brother, the notebook). ....
Blackberry Passport: This phone dares to be square!
 Blackberry has ditched its legacy designs -- as well as industry wisdom -- to create the radically new Passport... but it takes learning to love it. By Vishnu Anand Over three days using the Blackberry Passport, I had a niggling thought: The radically new keyboard concep--  two rows of hardware keys, morphing seamlessly into three more rows of virtual keys --  reminded me of a very similar concept -- but what? Finally I got it! The Passport keyboard is the infinity pool of smart phones. ....
Bose headphones go wire-free -- via Bluetooth
Bose sound technology  has been  unwired! The  company  last week introduced the SoundLink  Bluetooth  wireless on-ear headphones in India -- and we must say, save for the absence of a noise cancelling feature( which is a different category), this one is a winner all the way. ...

IT's for you
  Bing beats all others with a great Diwali themed home page
As Diwali 2014, winds down, we do believe Microsoft's   Bing  was  the search engine that best celebrated  the occasion with the consumers by offering a deep experience around the festival. With a stunning picture of the Golden Temple in Amritsar  fully lit  up, it offered  deeplinks and task panes that were both informative and entertaining. ....
New portable Livingston tools automate RAN analysis
October 21 2014 : Test sourcing specialist Livingston has unveiled  a handheld multi-technology radio access network (RAN) analysis solution --  RANAdvisor -- to maximise the optimization and troubleshooting possibilities when deploying next generation wireless networks. ....
India's first on-demand TV service -- but only in Bangalore for now
Bangalore, October16 2014: A Bangalore based on-demand TV service provider -- Lukup Media -- has launched the Lukup TV service, aimed to deliver a large number of TV channels in addition to those available through DTH operators. ...
Skype launches a short messaging service
October 16 2014: Skype has launched a standalone video messaging app app called Skype Qik, created specifically for spontaneous video messaging for group or 1:1 chats. ...
Viewsonic brings 'zero client' virtual PC to India
New Delhi, October 15, 2014:  Taiwan-headquartered  global provider of visual solution products ViewSonic Corp. ...

IT people
  N. Ganapathy Subramaniam to take over as Chairman at TataElxsi
Bangalore, October 29, 2014:  N. Ganapathy Subramaniam  is to be the new additional director and Chairman of the board, at Tata Elxsi, starting November 1. He takes over from S. Ramadorai, who stepped down from the Board of Directors of the Company, on attaining the age of 70. ....
James Brackenrig to lead Eka Software ops in Asia -Pac from Singapore base
October 14, 2014: James Brackenrig has been appointed Vice President, Field Operations, Asia-Pacific at Eka Software Solutions, the leading global provider of Smart Commodity Management software solutions. He will lead Eka’s growing field operations organization from its regional Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore. ....
IIM Bangalore professor nominated to UN group on data privacy
Bangalore,  October 14 2014:  Dr. Pulak Gosh, Professor, Quantitative Methods & Information Systems Area, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, has been appointed as member of the Data Privacy Advisory Group of Global Pulse – the UN Secretary-General’s Big Data innovation initiative. ...

Best of the rest
Binatone acquires Gecko-maker Connovate
Connovate Technologies, the maker of multifunctional piece Gecko, has been acquired by Hong Kong-based consumer electronics company Binatone for an undisclosed amount, heralding a breakthrough for Indian startups in the internet-of-things (IoT) spaceEconomic Times October 13 2014 

Infosys fetes founding fathers as Kris Gopalakrishnan retirement day nears
With the last of the founding team of Indian IT bellwether Infosys Ltd, Kris Gopalakrishnan, set to retire from the company on October 10, a formal farewell was given by Infosys to all its founders here on Wednesday. ‘I was fortunate that my passion for computing became my profession, and that I was able to make an impact in this industry through Infosys, through the innovations we pioneered and the jobs we created,” the Infosys co-founder Gopalakrishnan said at the farewell.... INDIAN EXPRESS October 11 2014

We see evidence of success in India: Jeff Bezos of Amazon
We have a long-standing practice at Amazon that instead of focusing on other companies we try and stay focused on our customers.... CEO Jeff Bezos in Bangalore this week... THE HINDU, September 29 2014


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